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Special Outreaches

Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 26 April 2018, 8:51 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

We had an enjoyable morning sharing the good news of the gospel in Brisbane city. The Anzac Day march was on and tens of thousands of people gathered to watch it.

We brought along some specially themed gospel tracts including our 'Lest we Forget' card and the million dollar notes. And by God's grace, over 5,000 gospel tracts went out into people's hands as most people were very happy to take them.

For we recognize and appreciate the great sacrifices people have made for our country, and when we look back in history we see the greatest sacrifice someone has made to set humanity free from sin and its consequences (hell) and how He offers eternal life to all who would come to trust in Him - trusting that He has paid the penalty for all their sins on that cross 2000 years ago. That is why were out to share this good news with the people there today.

We also had some conversations with people. One brief chat happened with an elderly man who said that his god is the 10 Commandments. We asked, "Wouldn't it make more sense that God would be the giver of the 10 Commandments?" He said, "No, the 10 Commandments have evolved into being over time."

We explained how just like a building has a builder for it, so must the universe have had a creator for it, and he thought for a moment and said "That makes sense." Pray that he reads the gospel tract he received. Please also pray for all the others who received gospel tracts today.

To God be the glory!


Gold Coast Team

Friday, 20 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 8:19 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

On Friday at the Gold Coast, we expected it to rain as it was raining for almost the entire time driving there, and yet once we arrived at Surfers Paradise the ground was completely dry and it turned out to be a really busy night.

God raised up a team of about 10 to 15 of us and He saw fit to allow lots of people to hear the gospel. We used the sketchboard to preach a message on the way to Heaven - during which a crowd instantly formed.

This also led into some good conversations with people afterwards, some who only got to hear the last part of the message and so wanted to find out more about what we were saying. One man we spoke with was like this and he was very receptive. He began to see the urgency of what we were talking about after we said:

"Imagine if you were walking across the road tonight and a speeding car came straight towards you. You wouldn't just stand there, would you?" "No", he said. We continued, "The fear of getting hit by that car will make you run out of the way. So in the same way, in what you've heard tonight you now realize that if you died tonight you'd be sent to Hell forever and that should absolutely terrify you, but it should terrify you enough to do something about it - and that is, trust that Jesus died on the cross for your sins and so be saved."

He grasped that, and so we kept talking for a further 20 minutes answering his questions and explaining the gospel. He took a gospel of John from us to start reading.

God's word is sharper than any two edged sword, so please pray that God will use it to bring this man to himself.

The team prayed together at the end of the night and went home rejoicing that we were able to be used of God to communicate the good news of the gospel to those who are still in darkness. To God be the glory!


Brisbane Team

Saturday, 21 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 8:18 PM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

The gospel went out again last night in Brisbane city. God brought along about 15 labourers for the team. It was great to see the team in constant conversations throughout the night.

We talked with Muslims who thought they had to earn their forgiveness by doing good deeds. For them, we gave them an illustration - "If a criminal stood before a judge and said. 'Judge, yesterday I murdered someone, but today I have done 5 good things, so please let me go free.' Would that work?"

Of course it wouldn't. Same thing with God, our good deeds could never get rid of any of the sins we have done - that is why we need a substitute who would take our punishment for us - Jesus.

We also talked with Christians who lacked assurance of salvation. We asked, "What would happen if you sinned on your way home this evening and then 5 minutes later you died, where would you go?" They said. "That's a good question, I'm not sure, because of that last sin."

We were able to explain that Jesus didn't just die for our past sins, but even for the sins we'll do tomorrow, and next week and next year even - if we are trusting only in His death on the cross for our forgiveness. That means we can know where we are going when we die, because Jesus has paid the price. And the evidence that we are trusting in Jesus is that we'll start living our life differently - instead of for sin, we'll want to live for Jesus.

One other person we spoke with said he had had a bad experience with church in the past and so that is why he has given up on church and just believes in God. I asked, "If you were sick and you went to a doctor but he turned out to be a pretty bad doctor, do you say, 'I'm never going to any doctors ever again!' No, instead you would go and find a good doctor. Same with church, if you happen to have been part of a bad church, you don't give up on church, you find a good church instead." The man said that made sense.

To God be all the glory for a wonderful night!


Capalaba Team

Monday, 23 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 23 April 2018, 5:04 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There were 2 very similar but separate conversations with two young men - Dillon and Hudson. Both were open to the possibility that 'God is' after hearing an analogy.

They heard the overview of God making man in His image, the introduction of death through Adam's sin and the cursed state of planet earth even to this day. Told of the 2 natures of Jesus and why each nature was necessary if He was to fulfill His name - Mt. 1:21, they were shown how God's moral law was satisfied. Jesus was born without sin and lived without sin = absolutely righteous, cf. Jer. 23:5,6.

Furthermore He suffered all that God required to make atonement for His peoples' sins, cf. 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18. Now one can approach God asking God for His mercy of forgiveness of all his sins by pleading the substitutionary work of Jesus Christ on his behalf. Because God's standard of righteousness has been fully met in Jesus Christ alone, one can trust Him now for eternal life and know he has been given it - Jn. 3:36a.

Both seemed to have accepted the need to read the Scriptures asking God to reveal Himself to them.  Please pray that they do and may God grant them the graces of repentance and faith in Christ alone.

As usual, there were other conversations ranging from 'who cares', to the defiant ones who love their sin, to those who were very open to hearing the things of God.

Thanks for praying, and please join us in giving all the glory to God triune.     


Capalaba Team

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 18 April 2018, 10:54 AM by Ryan Hemelaar. Permalink

A team of 5 gathered to the share the gospel at the bus stop in Capalaba today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn, Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned this time because 'he realised he gets headaches too and what if he was next'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference. He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science.

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Warwick Team

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 18 April 2018, 10:45 AM by Glenda Barnard. Permalink

Today was the first day of street ministry in Warwick. Every Tuesday a Bible table will be set up in the main street with the offer of free Bibles and resources & tracts from the ministry.

What a great day it was, with a good handful of conversations. Being held up in prayer in preparation for this outreach was much felt and shown by the results at the end of the 3 hours. Wow God is so great!!!

Rob from Stanthorpe was my first inquirer, he is a fellow Christian and asked all about the ministry, we talked about the law being used to bring knowledge of sin and the need to have our sins paid for. Rob took a few different tracts and will check out the website. Pray for Phillip, he was brought up Catholic, he was open for a short chat, a few seeds planted and he received a tract. Pray for one of my work mates and a client who stopped for a chat and received Gospel tracts. Andy from Gatton agreed with the Gospel but is not attending a church or reading his bible. Pray for him and his wife and son. He received a comic book tract and Anzac tract. Jeff a busker who was playing his guitar not far from me when he had finished walked past me, I handed him a million dollar tract and said he played so well. I mentioned that the message on the back was worth more than silver or gold. We had a conversation and he was interested and took tracts. A good handful of Anzac tracts went to some people passing close to me and it was good to say "good morning" and "have a nice day" to lots of people.

Praise God for a good response today & open hearts.


Capalaba Team

Monday, 16 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 16 April 2018, 5:32 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Operation 513 Sharing the GospelA team of 5 gathered at the bus stop today. Commuters were not many but God's appointed conversations took place. One was with a 25 year old man, Storn,  Ryan met and witnessed to more than once 2+ years ago. He had not 'done' anything with the gospel as he said he had been too busy or too lazy.

Recently this man's 35 year old cousin had headaches for a week before suddenly dropping down dead. When Ryan and Storn met today, Storn seemed to be more concerned because 'he gets headaches too and who knows when he will die'. Pray that he has a sustained sense of urgency to be reconciled to God.

I also met with  Lachlan whom I had not seen for over a year. He is still treating the whole matter of Biblical revelation as a matter of indifference.  He is living for himself now - sadly. He maintains that macroevolution has been proved by science. 

May God soften hard hearts, otherwise who would be saved? To Him alone be thanksgiving and praise for He alone is worthy!


Wellington Point Team

Sunday, 15 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 16 April 2018, 5:15 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

There was no particular interest in eternal things evidenced in most of the people contacted today.  But we know God is always working, Jn. 5:17, and we often do not realize it at that time, Jn. 3:8. 

There was this timely reminder of the dire consequences of preaching that states "God loves everybody" but does not even attempt to define what this love is. A young man named Christian had the firm view that God loved him. He grew up in a Christian family but he was the only non-believer in that household. He claimed to have repented and trusted in Jesus twice before but he was unchanged.

He was reminded that God knows when repentance is true or not. He was shown Ps. 5:5 which states that God hates doers of iniquity. Christian appeared to be truly shocked that this was in the Bible. Pray that he has his ears opened to God's truth about himself and truly repents. As we know, anyone who dies in his sins must pay the penalty = finite creatures are consigned to everlasting punishment and can never be released nor escape: they cannot meet God's standard of absolute 'repayment'. God's justice is absolute. If anyone refuses Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord now, he can never be reconciled in hell.  

Praise the Lord that His love endures forever and everyone who is 'in Christ' is firmly in God's household, Rom. 8:38,39, for ever.

We give God all the glory for His ways are far higher than ours and He does not change. 


Capalaba Team

Monday, 9 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 9 April 2018, 5:04 PM by Gordon Jackson. Permalink

Another interesting day for the 4 of us to proclaim God's good news. Here are 2 prayer points:

- Ramir, a teenager of Pilipino R. C. background was taken through the law then the gospel. He said this is what he was brought up in. Then I took him through the Blondin illustration to show him what he needed to do to 'believe in Jesus'. His bus arrived.

- Lena, a teenage lass who responded with understanding (Awesome!) to the law and gospel. Again, there was just time for the Blondin illustration before her bus arrived.

The need to 'count the cost' and whether either has a Bible is for their future contacts, D.V.

Please pray also for the ones who 'overhear' the gospel as they sit close to the one God has prepared for us to chat with.

We thank God for each one He awakens to be involved in His missionary activities. We give Him all the glory for the results which always reflect His perfect character.

 


Hobart Team

Tuesday, 3 April, 2018

Posted by Posted 9 April 2018, 3:35 PM by David Gee. Permalink

Praise God for His great mercies, we are able to preach the gospel here in Hobart still and despite recent difficulties and ongoing slanders against me particularly. This last couple of weeks have been a mixed bag of responses and circumstances, but God is the same yesterday today and forever.

This Tuesday it was a warm afternoon and there were many school kids in the mall looking for something to do. This lead to many opportunities over the course of the afternoon and the gospel was preached!

Shortly after I set up for the afternoon two young guys wandered up to read the “Marriage Facts” sign I have on the table. I then asked them what they though of the sign and one responded that he attended an Anglican school so he was familiar with the ideas. This lead to a fantastic set of exchanges and discussions that ranged over many different topics but repeatedly coming back to the claims of Christ and the gospel. They seemed interested and surprisingly appeared to enjoy my “dad humor” though I suspect they were just humoring me! Our discussion went for almost 45 minutes and after we finished they stayed to listen to the preaching and chat again afterwards. Praise God they were so open and willing to listen and discuss!

Coming into and out of this discussion was Mr K. a Greek orthodox young man who has been coming by in the afternoons for some time with his mates. They are an interesting bunch and I quite enjoy the good-humored bantering they enter into whenever they come.

The preaching today focused on anger, cursing, hatred, abortion, gossip, and murder. I spoke from Matthew chapter five verses 21-26. This is the part of the sermon on the mount where Jesus defines what murder truly looks like in the eyes of God and clarifies what kind of righteousness is required to get into heaven (hint: it’s the kind we can only get from one place…). This requirement is echoing the verse before:

For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Mat 5:20)

Jesus explicitly links anger and all its horrid children to the crime of murder in the Old Testament law code and its corresponding punishment. This passage bother’s the conscience of many non-Christians because it is so plain speaking about things we all are guilty of. Everyone falls foul of selfish anger and the various ways we express that anger. Shrugging off the wrong doing by saying we don’t care or there is no-one else hurt will not get rid of the accusation of the conscience. Claiming that it doesn’t matter because God is not there only underlines the lie we have swallowed, that God is absent and we are master’s of our own fate. God is our creator, He is present and will judge, the longer we deny and run from this the longer we are divorced from the reality that is plain to our eyes. Not only that but those who choose to suppress the knowledge of God in their unrighteousness will never find the rest, joy and meaning that we all long for. It is found in God alone and repentant faith in Jesus is the only way to God the Father.

As I preached about this a young guy came up and began to engage with me in a joking way. I began to ask him how he would do if God judged him by the eternal standard rather than his own or his mates. It was a good exchange and we spoke for a while but ultimately, he was not interested in hearing too much and went to leave. I urged him to stay and talk some more and listen a while. Praise God he did, and his friends with him.

Three others heckled whilst I preached.

·         One older man on a mobility scooter packing a foul mouth repeatedly came to accuse God of wrong doing for allowing suffering in the world. Not only that but apparently “He’s never done anything for me!”, this coming from an obviously well fed and well clothed man riding on a technological marvel. All things he did not labour to create from nothing. I pointed him to the justice and law of God that makes meaningful our upset at suffering, as apposed to the puerile subjective atheistic objection to suffering which amounts to “I don’t like it, in my opinion it is not right”. If we are to appose evil as evil, we need an absolute standard as our foundation.

·         The second was an older lady that wanted to know about the other religions in the world? I pointed to sin leading to death and then urged her (and the crowd that had gathered) to consider the founders of the various world religions. Where were they now? All in a grave, bar Jesus. All the other religions of the world were no help to prevent the death of all their founders. Why should we believe they can destroy our greatest enemy?

·         The last heckler wanted to know something straight from the bible. What would happen to him if he just would not believe? I gave him the straight answer of scripture: All those who will not believe will not be saved but are condemned already.

From each of these I urged the crowd to turn to Jesus and trust in Him. Only humble repentant faith in Jesus’s work on the cross will save us from the condemnation that we all deserve because of our many sins.

After the preaching I had a chat with one of Mr K.’s mates who is a Muslim and we discussed some of the similarities and differences between Islam and Christianity. We chatted for a period about the prophets and I am going to get him a copy of the writings of the prophets of God.

Despite the prating of blatherskites in the background, there were a number of other great conversations which followed for quite some time praise God. I then spent a good period handing out gospel tracts on a nearby corner and giving short messages and reading portions of scripture.

What a great day! Praise God.


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